Thursday, August 8, 2013

How To Destress Yourself At Work

How to destress yourself at work is what I am going to discuss today.

Hello there! How are you doing? With all my heart and soul, I hope you are enjoying your Summertime or whatever season you are in, wherever you are.  

Life is great in the Summer time here in So Cal. I should know I live at the beee each! (singing in my opera voice)

Seems to me that everybody I know has to work, and one great way to destress yourself at work is to take a vacation. Although that wouldn't be at work, now would it?

So many peeps come to me because they have tons of stress at work and ask me how they can detress at work. What an excellent question.

To relieve stress in the workplace, one must discover what the cause of the pressure is. The two most common issues that I hear from people are that they either have an overwhelming schedule or they have to work with someone they cannot stand.

Today, I will discuss the former, and next post, I will discuss the latter.

If you have a busy schedule at work, here are three ways to destress, which means becoming less stressed.

First, refresh your soul - I believe that our soul is what houses our spirit, just as our brain houses our mind, and our bodies house the parts that make up our physical being. We are spiritual beings having a human experience, and just as we can take care of our minds and bodies, we can take care of our souls. 

So, how does one refresh the soul? Excellent question!!!

To refresh the soul, we can remind ourselves of the bigger picture of life. The bigger picture of life is what truly matters the most, and that is to have joy by having a meaningful relationship with God, our family, our friends, and mostly ourselves. If we earnestly seek these things, then all will fall into perspective.

When it comes to working stress and a busy, overwhelming schedule renewing our soul will replace the meaningless worry that drains our energy. Pointless worry is stressful and overwhelming and causes agitation and anxiety. 

Renewing our soul reminds us to have faith in God, life, others, and ourselves. This can show us that not only can we handle anything, but also, no matter what happens, it will be okay because God is in charge. If we know that God is in control, we can lean on him for the security we seek.

Let me tell you a secret that may not be a secret to you at all but here goes...

I have literally helped hundreds of thousands of people through blogging, my books, one on one, and training stress relief through classes and workshops, and I always, always, always discuss God and His role in crisis/despair/stress management.  

People who believe in God can better understand the management of crisis, despair, or stress and thus become experts at destressing. People who do not understand God's role either get mad at me and never speak to me again, or they come back again and again and again for more help with another crisis and more despair.

God is 100% of my success in helping people with crises, despair, and stress. That's all I got to say bout that...for now.

Second, set your mind - You can be, do, or have anything you set your mind to. You just gotta put your mind to it, that's all. You can be that success you want, you can do all that is on your plate, and you can have whatever it is, in your mind, that you want to have if you set your mind to it. 

How does one set his or her mind to it? Excellent question!!!

One must set it to the true faith to set one's mind. When we worry, we become overwhelmed, and worry is just believing that the absolute worst thing will happen. Let me repeat it...Worry is faith that the absolute worst thing is going to happen. Doubt, my friend, is not the kind of belief you want to set your mind to.

We want to set our minds to the best thing that will happen; if we do this, we will destress. So, think of the best outcome, and convince yourself it will happen. This is practicing confidence and security. Seriously!!!

When people tell me that they have so much going on at work that it is overwhelming, they are saying, "I can't handle this because I think the worst thing is going to happen."

Disagree??? Then do this...  Every morning, write down what you are worried about (which will be the worst thing that can happen), and then write down the best. Make a list of all the things you can do, number in priority, start on the first thing and keep going.

If you do this, three things will happen. First, you will build faith (setting your mind). Second, you will get things done; third, you will create some really good neurotransmitters in the brain that will help you feel good about yourself and your work.

One last thing about setting your mind. Never beat yourself up, and be okay with how much you get done and how much you don't. That is the back end of worry. The front end of fear is that you can't do it, whatever "it" is, and the back end is that you didn't. You are worthy of the very best. You are not deserving of beating the self up.  

Third, tone your body - Stress causes physical tension, and tension gives way to toxic hormones from the tightness and pain in the body. The best way to relieve physical stress like this is to tone your body with exercise, eating right, and stretching daily. You know this, right? Exercise to feel better, eat right for energy and nutrition and stretch to loosen, lubricate, and strengthen your joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. 

Passionately, every day I stretch! I exercise, and I eat right, but not always. Nevertheless, I always stretch and have since 1999 because it makes me feel young. As of this writing, I am forty-eight years young, and I often go from early morning to late night with bounds of energy and a feeling-good body, and I know it is partly because I stretch. If I get busy and forget, I feel it in my body, and I could probably start to feel old, but I won't let myself get there. Do you know what I mean???

So there you have it, my friend, three things you can do to destress yourself at work. First, refresh your soul. Second, set your mind, and third, tone your body. You can do it!!! And if you already do, I am very proud of you, and I know you are an expert at destressing.

Have a great day. Until next time, have fun!  

Be playful! 

Speak soon...

Elizabeth Stanfill

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